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Allstate Foundation Grants $1m for Survivors of Domestic Violence
The Allstate Foundation in association with the National Network to End Domestic Violence is pushing ahead to support and empower survivors of domestic violence across the country. Under the Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program, Allstate will provide a grant of more than $1 million to financially empower state domestic violence coalitions. The program will reach out to about 30,000 domestic violence survivors and support such coalitions that provide financial empowerment services for the survivors.
Collaborative action between the local programs and community partners and the state domestic violence coalitions can develop state-wide capacity to respond to the complex financial needs of the survivors. This is where the Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant program helps create such collaborative efforts. The grant money goes to support job readiness and training, financial education, micro loan programs, individual development accounts and match-savings.
Vicky Dinges, vice president for public social responsibility with Allstate, said: "Domestic violence survivors are often faced with the difficult decision - stay in a violent relationship or face extreme financial hardship. Access to financial resources is the number one indicator of whether survivors break free and stay free from an abusive relationship. We hope these grants provide a long-term solution that helps domestic violence survivors move from safety to security."
The Allstate Foundation has already invested more than $30 million since 2005 towards the delivery of life transforming financial empowerment services for the survivors of domestic violence. The grantees of this year's Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment program include the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Texas Council on Family Violence, and Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, among others.
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